What do you actually want to be in your life? As a kid you can dream about being an astronaut or brain surgeon or sports superstar. As an adult it’s not so easy to answer that question, and it’s especially difficult if life has thrown you a curveball and if you’re navigating trauma or hardship.
In that case, when you’re struggling to put one foot in front of the other, “Purpose” might be the last thing on your mind. But purpose might be the thing you need most. That’s Kandice Bateast’s theory.
By day, Kandice is a school psychologist in St. Martin Parish. But many more people know her as an author and podcast host.
Kandice went through a tough breakup herself and found purpose of her own: helping others put the pieces back together and get right with God. Her podcast Goodbye Heartbreak, Hello Purpose helps listeners heal by finding strength from within. Kandice wrote a book with the same name that tracks with the podcast. It’s a 365-day devotional, walking listeners through the post-breakup journey.
Sometimes your purpose is right in front of you. In Donielle Watkins’ case it was her son Logan, who has spina bifida.
Donielle has been an accountant for 20 years and in 2007 she founded DREAMS Foundation of Acadiana. DREAMS was the first organization of its kind in the area. It focuses on disability rights and inclusion. And the concept came from Logan.
Logan asked Donielle a simple question: Mom, when can I play basketball? It struck Donielle that there wasn’t any good reason that he shouldn’t. So she organized activities for Logan and kids just like him.
DREAMS has grown to serve around 700 people from ages 5 to 60. And it preaches self-reliance. Today, Donielle, who was born in Breaux Bridge and now lives in Lafayette, has 21 people employed in a manufacturing facility that produces Cane River Meat Pies.